Legislators weigh changes to Indiana specialty license plates

Proposal would require 500 plates sold per year

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Senate is set to start reviewing a plan that would overhaul the state's specialty auto license plate system by requiring all groups with plates to sell 500 per year and undergo a financial review once a decade.

The House approved the proposal last month by a 92-6 vote after a similar push was derailed a year ago by social conservatives who led a drive to revoke the plate issued to a gay youth advocacy group.

The plan calls for a new bipartisan commission that would review requests for new plates and check reports about how the groups spend the license plate money.

The bill sets a limit of 150 specialty plates, while the state now has about 100 specialty plates.

A legislative report showed that 17 of the state's specialty plates sold during the past two years fell short of the proposed 500-plate-per-year mark the bill would require.

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday before the Senate's transportation committee.

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